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Ken Bacon, MHA
Minister for Tourism, Parks and Heritage

The Parks and Wildlife Service will develop and implement a plan to strategically guide the future management, presentation and marketing of the Overland Track, the Minister for Tourism, Parks and Heritage, Ken Bacon said today.

"An Overland Track management team has begun work on the plan which will address the issues of increasing use and impacts on the World Heritage Area values as well as visitor safety," said Mr Bacon.

"This comprehensive project plan is being prepared to implement a vision for the Overland Track, which I intend to release shortly," Mr Bacon said.

Mr Bacon said that there is a high demand for experiences on the Overland Track and there are concerns about degradation and overcrowding.

"Although there have been improvements to the infrastructure on the Overland Track, a strategic approach to management of the track is needed if its use is to be sustainable in the future," he said.

"In recognition of the significance of the Overland Track, the Parks and Wildlife Service has allocated increased staff resources to this issue with the recent appointment of a senior ranger and a project officer dedicated to this project."

This initiative is part of the State Government's commitment to progressing Tasmania Together Goal 21 - Value, protect and conserve our natural and cultural heritage.